Children and Youth

UUCS Religious Education

For children and youth, from infants through high school
Sybil Argintar, Director of Religious Education at dre@uucs.org

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Adult version)

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within. our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Remembering Who We Are: Our Guiding Principles (Children/Youth version)

  1. We believe each and every person is important;
  2. We believe all people should be treated fairly;
  3. In our congregations, all people are accepted and learn together;
  4. We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life;
  5. Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them;
  6. We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world;
  7. We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

Child and Youth Protection Policy

At UUCS, the care and nurturing of our children and youth is of the utmost importance.  We have developed, in collaboration with the Religious Education Committee and the Board of Directors, a strong safety policy that helps to ensure the protection of all of our children and youth, whether member, friend, or visitor.  The full policy can be viewed here.

Weekly Religious Education for All Ages


RE Connections for the week of June 17

RE for Sunday, June 23:
This week continues our Summer Sundays multi-cultural stories, followed by playground time and/or games or art time together.  This is open to all rising and current 5K – 3rd grades.  We will continue all summer with childcare for the youngest, and 4th Grade and up may join their parents/guardians in the service.

The summer reading list this week includes Anti-bias books for preschool through upper elementary ages.

Please also note the blog about Juneteenth (June 19, 1865 commemoration holiday).  This is a critically important holiday that our children and youth need to know about!

Classes:

Infant – 4K:  Cooperative Play Time  (Room 2) with Ron and Randi

5K – 3rd Grades: Summer Sundays–Multicultural Stories (Rooms 3 and 5)
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners (Ella, Sophia)

4th grade and up may join their parents/guardians in the sanctuary for the service!

Highlights from RE Connections for All Ages

General Spiritual Resources and Readings for Families
Hopscotch History and Why We Celebrate Juneteenth

Summer Reading Lists
Anti-bias book lists for preschool through elementary school ages
infant/toddler
preschool/early elementary
early to upper elementary

Religious Education for Infant through High School
for Summer 2024:


Summer Sundays
On Sunday, May 26, we’ll begin our Summer Sundays, with the theme this year being multi-cultural stories.  This is open to all 5K – 3rd grade (including those completing and rising into these grades).  We’ll offer a story each week, followed by playground time and sometimes games or other activities if the weather is not good.  Children and youth in Grades 4 – 12 may help in the classroom or attend the service.  Regular childcare for Infant – 4K will be offered all summer.

Here’s the story line-up for May and June:
May 26   Ella Fitzgerald:  The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
June 2    The Hundredth Name
June 9    Wangari’s Trees of Peace
June 16   Ellington Was Not a Street
June 23   Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
June 30   One Candle

We Need Classroom Teachers and Assistants!
Summer is when we begin detailed class planning and recruit volunteers to be teacher guides or classroom assistants. Here are the curricula for the coming school year, as voted on by the RE Committee at their April meeting. If you are interested in helping, please see Sybil or email her at dre@uucs.org. Training will be provided for all in August!

5K – 2nd
Spirit Play full-year
Fall:  Promises (Seven Principles)
Spring:  Sources
Spirit Play is presented with stories told by the classroom teacher guide, with props that are part of story baskets each week, followed by “I Wonder…” questions for discussion and activities.  Children can go back to these story baskets at any time and learn from them, or present the stories to each other. 

3rd – 5th
Holidays and Holy Days (full-year curriculum)
Traditions from around the world will be explored in this curriculum, with a wide variety of educational videos, world music, and celebrations followed by activities related to that tradition.  All is set within the context of who we are as UUs and how we can explore and appreciate the many faith and celebratory traditions around us.  

6th – 8th
Coming of Age: Deepening Ties Within Your Congregation (full-year curriculum)
A celebration of the transition from childhood to youth, a time of tremendous growth, change, and exploration.  This program will guide youth to learn more about this church, the UU faith in the wider world, work with an adult mentor in the church, and have some reflective time to write a This I Believe statement.  An end-of-year trip to Boston or another center of UU faith is a “carrot” out there.

9th – 12th
Principled Music
Uses popular music from the 1960s through the present a wide variety of social justice topics. After listening to selected songs on a topic, the class uses the lyrics of the songs as a launching point. Students are encouraged to bring their own examples of songs on the social justice topic under discussion. These songs are compiled into a U.U. Playlist, that can shared with all students at the end of the year. Appropriate for RE classes or youth groups. Includes links to PowerPoint presentation.  

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